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The Strategic Cost Model is now the Strategic Cost and Price Model


The Strategic Cost and Price Model - 2018 - revision 01a release is now available with bug fixes and updated data. BUY NOW!


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The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model takes the top three companies in each of four segments and provides a detailed look at all of their current and past processes on 300mm and forward forecasts out to the next decade.


Specifically the model covers: DRAM - Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix, Foundry - TSMC, Global Foundries, Samsung, IDM Logic - Intel MPU and ST Micro, NAND - Samsung, Toshiba, and Intel-Micron and 2D and 3D NAND, 3D XPoint for Intel-Micron..


In each case we present a detailed introduction date, general process's details, process flows in order, pitch by layer and node, mask layers, multi patterning usage and total masks. Process blocks, pitch and multi patterning can be edited for each case.


For each target company and process every 300mm fab they have is predefined so that if you juts pick a fab the fab details and supported processes are pre defined (although you can override them) and detailed outputs of equipment and materials requirements are provided.


Supported processes

The Model supports DRAM out to 12 nm, Foundry out beyond 3.5nm, NAND in 2D out to 15nm/16nm as well as 3D to 256 layers and 3D XPoint to 8 layers..


Supported wafer sizes

300mm and 450mm


Supported cost elements

Wafer cost and price. No packaging or test.


Who should buy this product

The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model - is in use at many IDMs, Consortia, Materials companies and OEMS forward projecting markets and costs as the industry implements the ITRS and 450mm,.


Latest revision


Revision 2018-01

  • Processes - Added missing step to Toshiba 96 and 128 layer 3D NAND processes. Updated 3D NAND bit densities. Fixed a missing EUV throughput that could effect advanced DRAM. Added in missing Alloy step for Samsung 18nm, 14nm and 10nm DRAM. Updated cleans usages in the process blocks. Updated Intel's 10nm and smaller process flows. Updated TSMC 7FF+ and smaller processes. Updated TSMC 7nm pitches. Added in anhydrous HF clean and semi aqueous/formulated cleans.
  • NGL - NA
  • Equipment - NA
  • Materials - Added anhydrous HF.
  • Model - Fixed missing margin values for some processes. 1a Fixed an issue with the 'CostPerQtr' Macro and updated the license agreement.
  • Labor - NA
  • Yield - Updated defect densities throughout.
  • Facilities - Fixed an error in the facility depreciation calculation.
  • Fabs - Added two Toshiba 3D NAND fabs. Updated process use to fix some obsolete processes still reflected in the database that triggered errors.


System Requirements

The Model runs inside of Microsoft Excel and requires the user to have Excel 2010 or higher installed on their computer. There are are known compatibility issues with Excel 2007 and Open Office and any third party Excel compatible product.


Model Cost and How to Buy

A single user license allows one user on one computer and is $5,000, an enterprise license allowing an unlimited number of users at a company is $14,000. The model may be purchased at a disocunt on-line with a credit card here or you may email or fax us a purchase order with 30 day terms. The model is delivered by email within a few hours of our receiving an order. The model cost includes twelve months of updates plus twelve months of reasonable levels of phone and email support. A Web Ex training session is available on request. Renewal costs at the end of twelve months are discounted 1/3 off the current prices.


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